May 14th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Navy denies Chelsea Clinton access to former firing range

Chelsea Clinton has been campaigning for her mom in Puerto Rico since Tuesday.
Chelsea Clinton has been campaigning for her mom in Puerto Rico since Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Navy denied Chelsea Clinton access to a former firing range in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

The Navy rejected the request because U.S. law forbids campaigning on federal property and because the Navy allows only people clearing the Vieques range of ordinance to enter the area, the officials said. They said they did not know what Clinton planned to do there.

The U.S. Navy used the long-controversial Vieques range - the majority of the island of Vieques - for bombing and artillery practice until May of 2003. It was the target of frequent protests by Puerto Ricans who objected to its use. It is now federal property being cleaned of unexploded ordnance.

Clinton - who has been campaigning for her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - is in the U.S. territory ahead of its June 1 primary. It is the largest prize left for the Democratic candidates.

Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is also due to campaign there.


Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Drummond, GA

    I fear all her efforts will be for naught. Take heed, the end is near.

    Shakespearian for Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. ITALIAN 4 OBAMA

    " NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO CAMPAIGN ON FEDERAL PROPERTY?" BUT,... I'M A CLINTON, RULES DON'T APPLY TO ME.

    May 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Carolyn

    Another Clinton thinking they have the silver spoon in her mouth. Like mom like daughter

    May 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. DoneWithDems

    What was she doing there? Getting a little practice in for the "Obliteration".

    McCain/08

    May 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Independent

    Why would she want access to a firing range that is being cleared of unexploded ordinance? Is she trying to get blown up?

    This just makes no sense – I would think for safety reasons a former first daughter shouldn't be allowed in a dangerous area like that.

    May 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Independent

    Now the Armed services are picking on Hillary. I want to know why my tax dollars are paying for Chelsea to have secrect service men protecting her when she is there on a personal campaign for her mother? Are we paying for her protection when she is working her hedgefund job? Oh well, this is getting tiresome. Obama 08!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. jim

    Have all of you Obama Goons bought your curious george T-Shirts. Actually I saw an Obama T-Shirt over the weekend that should his true colors as the Anti-Christ. I'm sporting it now as I send this.

    The Curious George T-Shirt only looks like Obama because of the ears and mouth but the left off that gross mole that he has on the side of his nose.

    May 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. charles

    brilliant.

    May 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh yes, now the Hillary people are trying to force her down Obama's throat, I just hope he throws her down the well (metaphorically speaking).

    May 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. MELMARIE

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha....These people think that the rules don't apply to them!

    May 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. mitchell from arkansaw

    join hillary and chelsea's new group.'pandering for puerto rico',we'll give you anything you want,for your vote.

    May 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. karen from philly

    Please post.

    HILLARY IS WINNING ONE STATE REALLY BIG IT'S CALLED THE STATE OF DENIAL.

    THANKS

    May 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    These kinds of comments from the Obamanation groupies is why I would never vote for him. Leave the kid out of this she is only doing what every kids does and that is to support her parents. But maybe all of you are SOOOO very smart and well educated, you believe in different values than the rest of the normal nation! My values say you don't beat up on the kid to get to the parent. I pity all of you and you wonder why people are hating this whole thing!

    May 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. garyd

    Why are the dems trying to give away the election? Until now I have always voted Rep. There's something about Obama that makes you want to be a part of this movement. I have caught a lot of flak from friends and family but Barack has my vote unless he chooses Hillary. No way will I vote for a ticket with any kind of Clinton on it! "Can you smell what Barack is cooking"?

    May 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Cyrus - NY

    I must say...Chelsea is kinda cute!! I think she is very attractive. Nothing more attractive than a pretty woman trying to go through artilary fields.

    Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. M Philllips

    Who does she think she is? On one hand she refuses questions about her personal life, and on the other expects the full status treatment of a candidate. She wants authority without responsibility. I wonder where she gets this attitude?"

    May 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Fawn, MI

    As a staunch Obama supporter, Hillary better not ask his supporters for money to bail her out. The money she used to send Chelsea to PR, could have gone towards her debts.

    And we want her to manage our money. Never.

    May 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Jamaal Kansas

    Chelsea is trying to make a bid to get elected in 2020 That is why she is Campaignin hard for her mother so she can claim Experience No More Clinton's in the White House that means U Chelsea!

    May 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Bob Stephens

    Chelsea probably wanted to go there so she could claim that sniper fire was whizzing over her head, and take a video of it, to show how tough and experienced the Clintons are...

    May 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. mitchell from arkansaw

    i wonder if hillary's granpa took her fishing at his homestead,in puerto rico.

    May 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Annette

    Hey you can't blame Chelsea for trying, the two experience politicians in the family should have prepared her.

    May 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Bill

    Darm government. She wanted to be able to say she campaigned under fire and now she cannot.

    May 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Michelle to go to Puerto Rico

    I did not know that Puerto Rico allowed unproud Americans of a mean Country to set foot there. I think they just crown the smart mough period.

    May 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Angry Black Man, ATL

    You WHITE people who do not vote for Obama are racist!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Rob

    Sharon in Georgia you speak the truth!!! ALL OBAMA DOES IS RUN FROM THE TUFF ISSUES! We don't need a president who runs and hides! HILLARY CLINTON IS THE RIGHT CHOICE!

    May 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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